A day after union law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed that the Centre backed privacy as a fundamental right, Congress party on Friday alleged that Narendra Modi government was adopting double standard on the issue. The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that ‘Right to Privacy’ was a fundamental right.
Congress leader Kapil Sibbal said it was unfortunate that the law minister had said something which is completely conflicting to what was argued by their representative attorney general of India in SC.
“The Attorney General said that there was no need to elevate right to privacy to the fundamental right. The judgment of the Supreme Court also reflects this fact that he opposed the elevation of the right to privacy as a fundamental right. In fact, they said that this is an elitist right,” Sibbal added.
Congress leader, KTS Tulsi also criticized Centre for contradictory attitude. He said the government was never in favor of making privacy a fundamental right. “It was not Centre’s stand to make privacy a fundamental right. They wanted to peep into the privacy of the public. They wanted to overpower their privacy,” he said.
Earlier on Thursday, law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad said the SC’s verdict that privacy is a fundamental right as a reaffirmation of the government’s stand. He also kept aside allegations that the government was opposed to privacy being made a fundamental right.